Harlan Mandel (United States of America)
Chief Executive Officer - Media Development Investment Fund
Investing to Build a Free Press
One impact investing vertical stands out for its potential to advance fundamental human rights and social change: the financing of independent media. Timely, accurate, relevant information is critical to free societies. It enables fuller participation in public life, holds the powerful to account and protects the rights of the individual. Yet today, over 85% of the world’s citizens live in countries without a free press. Impact investing has a critical role to play in addressing this challenge, providing the capital needed by independent news media to grow and succeed as businesses.